Young-adult-services

Social Skills Training (PEERS)

Program for the Education and Enrichment
of Relational Skills (PEERS®)

PEERS® stresses the importance of developing and maintaining friendships for teens with autism. The benefits of healthy, meaningful friendships include:

•    Buffering the impact of stressful life events
•    Building self-esteem
•    Increasing independence
•    Reducing the incidence of depression and anxiety
 
PEERS® training is available to teens ages 11 to 18 and their parents. During each 14-week group session, each teen is taught important social skills and given the opportunity to practice these skills through activities such as sports or board games. Parents also learn how to assist their teen in making and keeping friends.

To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

What skills does PEERS teach?

Each session covers the following topics:

•    How to use appropriate conversational skills
•    How to find common interests by trading information
•    How to appropriately use humor
•    How to enter and exit conversations between peers
•    How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
•    How to handle rumors and gossip
•    How to be a good host during get-togethers
•    How to make phone calls to friends
•    How to choose appropriate friends
•    How to be a good sport
•    How to handle arguments and disagreements
•    How to change a bad reputation

Teens participating in the PEERS® program must be in middle school or high school, have trouble establishing or keeping friendships, be interested in attending the program, and agree to participate in the program voluntarily. Additionally, the teen’s parent(s) must commit to attending each of the 14 sessions and be actively involved in the classes and homework assignments. To learn more about our PEERS® program, please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

PEERS® for Adults

We now offer an Adult PEERS® program, geared towards participants over 18 years old. This program covers the same relational and social activities and learning goals as the program for teens. For more information about our Adult PEERS® program, please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

Children’s Friendship Training

Modeled after PEERS®, Children’s Friendship Training is a social skills program designed specifically for children with high functioning autism in first through fifth grade and with an interest in making friends. Children will have the opportunity to learn and practice new social skills each week, and parents will learn how to support and assist their child’s social development.
 
Participants will learn how to:

•    Use appropriate conversational skills
•    Join other children at play
•    Make/keep a best friend
•    Be a good sport
•    Handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
•    Be a good host during get-togethers
•    Make phone calls to friends
•    How to choose appropriate friends
•    How to be a good sport
•    How to handle arguments and disagreements
•    How to change a bad reputation

To participate in Children’s Friendship Training, children must be in first through fifth grade, have trouble establishing or keeping friendships, be interested in attending the program, and agree to participate in the program voluntarily. Additionally, the child’s parent(s) must commit to attending each of the 12 sessions and be actively involved in the classes and homework assignments.

Social Groups

In our various regions, we provide members of our community with additional social groups besides PEERS®. To learn more about the social opportunities in your region, please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

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